Friends of UNFPA Announces Amanda Seller as Executive Director

May 28, 2020 Friends of UNFPA, the official U.S.-based nonprofit for UNFPA, the United Nations reproductive health and rights agency, is excited to announce Amanda Seller as the organization’s Executive Director.  Amanda joins Friends of UNFPA having worked as a leader in global resource mobilization and communication roles…

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Protecting seasonal workers in Turkey’s tent settlements from COVID-19

MERSIN, Turkey – Meryem, a Syrian refugee living in a tent settlement in southern Turkey, says her family struggles to maintain their health under even normal circumstances. Now, with more than 127,000 cases of COVID-19 in Turkey, she is even more concerned about creating a healthy environment for her children. Meryem’s…

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Telling her story: five women on the debilitating impact of obstetric fistula

Obstetric fistula is one of the most dangerous and most misunderstood birth injuries.   It occurs when a woman experiences prolonged labor–often for several days- and is unable to access emergency delivery care. The baby can cut off blood flow to tissues in the mother’s pelvis. Once the baby has been delivered, the dead tissue falls away,…

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Pandemic heightens vulnerabilities of persons with disabilities who require reproductive health care

UNITED NATIONS, New York/FRANCISTOWN, Botswana, RAWALPINDI, Pakistan – Even under normal circumstances, persons with disabilities face discrimination, high rates of gender-based violence, and exclusion from services and decision-making. Today, as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads around the world, the vulnerabilities and barriers faced by people with disabilities are only growing. The…

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COVID-19 strikes Yemen as humanitarian funding dries up

SANA’A, Yemen – On 10 April, Yemen announced its first laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19. Since then, 34 more cases and 7 deaths have been reported. Health workers, already stretched to the limit by five years of grinding conflict, are sounding the alarm that the pandemic could spell catastrophe for the country….

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Motherhood during Coronavirus

Becoming a mother can be a scary experience in the best of times, but motherhood during coronavirus comes with intense fear and safety concerns.   Every day, over 800 women die from pregnancy and childbirth complications. For each woman who dies, another 10-20 women experience debilitating infections or injuries.   While there have been huge advances in maternal…

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Ethiopia’s midwives grapple with the COVID-19 while ensuring safe delivery

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Today Ethiopia has more than 70 confirmed cases of COVID-19, a fact that has placed the country’s midwives on high alert. “Midwives cannot maintain physical distance with a labouring mother like in other wards, making them too prone to acquiring infection with the virus,” said Dawit…

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UNFPA cares for healthcare workers during coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everyone’s lives, but it has left the elderly, pregnant women, and frontline healthcare workers especially vulnerable.   The ability of health professionals to stay well and care for others during these uncertain times will be the difference between lives lost or saved. But, COVID-19 and its…

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Pandemic threatens communities ravaged by war and crisis, global support needed

16 April 2020 AZRAQ CAMP, Jordan/HOMS, Syria/UNITED NATIONS, New York – “I invested the first four days of the lockdown calling beneficiaries to inform them of the availability of virtual support,” Orouba Amin, a counsellor in the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan, told UNFPA. Ms. Amin has spent 11…

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UNFPA’s Work with the Elderly

COVID-19 has left many people vulnerable to infection and death, with the elderly among the most affected. Horrific stories of grandparents dying alone or hospitals turning away patients have been reported around the world. Today, 1 in 8 people are over 65 years old -more than ever before-…

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